A change of command
Captain James Skafte new commanding officer of Bridgetown army cadets
It’s time to say both goodbye and hello.
A change of command ceremony was recently held by the 686 Passchendaele Royal Canadian Cadet Corp in Bridgetown with Captain James Skafte taking over duties from longtime CO Captain Dean Tidd.
Tidd had assumed command in 2010 after a long career in both cadets and the reserves.
Presiding officer for the change of command ceremony was Major Mike Bobbitt of the West Nova Scotia Regiment who is presently the ‘A’ Company commanding officer.
The change of command included a general salute and a corps inspection.
Skafte grew up in Bridgetown and joined 686 Passchendaele in 1997 as a cadet and joined the Cadet Instructor Cadre in 2000 and began as a platoon commander with 686. He’s served as training officer with 686 for a total of 12 years and while studying at Mount Allison University served with 681 Tantramar RCACS as the supply officer and later with 88 Truro RCSCC as the officer in charge of marksmanship biathlon.
Skafte, has completed many specialist courses including range safety officer, unit human rights advisor, cold weather indoctrination training, and flat-water canoe instructor. He has served as range safety officer for zone marksmanship and zone biathlon competitions, and team leader in the expedition program.
He has also served as a platoon commander at cadet training centres across Canada and canoe instructor at the Junior Canadian Rangers summer camp in Goose Bay in 2016. Skafte is married with three children, and when he has spare time likes hockey, scuba diving, rollerblading, church, and spending time with his family.
Tidd also grew up in Bridgetown and joined 686 RCACC in 1983 when the corps was restarted, attaining the rank of sergeant. He later served with the West Nova Scotia Regiment and with the Princess Louise Fusillers for a total of 14 years. Although he left the reserves in 1998, he rejoined in 2001 as a member of the cadet instructor cadre and served as training officer before assuming command of 686.
Also during the Dec. 11 proceedings, Lori Henderson received her ‘Depart with Dignity’ acknowledgement of 20 years of service with the Bridgetown cadets.
Captain Dean Tidd, left, turned over command of the 686 Passchendaele Royal Canadian Cadet Corp in Bridgetown to Captain James Skafte, right, earlier this month. The presiding officer was Major Mike Bobbitt of the West Nova Scotia Regiment.
Captain Dean Tidd, left, received a thank you plaque from new 686 Passchendaele Royal Canadian Cadet Corp Commander James Skafte at a change of command ceremony Dec. 11 in Bridgetown.
Presiding officer Major Mike Bobbitt of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, and new 686 Passchendaele Royal Canadian Cadet Corp Commander Captain James Skafte, inspect the troops during a change of command ceremony in Bridgetown.
Lori Henderson received her ‘Depart with Dignity,’ or acknowledgement of 20 years of service with the Bridgetown cadets, from National Defense Headquarters signed by Brig-Gen K. L. Woiden.